Bringing Gold Leaf to your Woodworking Projects: An Alternative Finish with Peter Miller April 15-19, 2019


$825 tuition, $200 material fee payable to Peter Miller
Key Points:
*Mordant or oil gilding on wooden ornaments, such as finials, carved shells and ball and claw feet
*Mordant or oil gilding the insides of turned bowls
*Learning glass gilding techniques for wooden clock case doors, decorative mirrors and cabinet doors
*Conversation about the process of water gilding, its unique history and how it differs from other gilding applications

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


Have you ever thought about doing a finish on your woodworking project that will set it apart from the rest; giving the finished piece some real pizzazz? This five day workshop introduces novice and professional woodworkers to the idea of adding gilding to their finishing repertoire. The class will be divided into two major components: Mordant gilding, more commonly known as oil gilding, and glass gilding or Verre Eglomise. To round out the workshop, Peter will discuss the application of gold leaf known as Traditional Water gilding and how it differs from Mordant gilding. During the Mordant gilding segment students will consider how easily this discipline can be incorporated into furniture making. Details such as carved shells on Queen Anne furniture, finials on the top of clock cases, coves on a desk/table top or drawer edges, and ball and talon feet are all great examples of where gold leaf can be applied. Woodturners will also benefit as all participants will be supplied a turned bowl and learn how to prepare the wood, apply gilding size and then gild the interior surface. The Verre Eglomise segment is a magical, yet easy technique, which renders the inside surface of the glass to be mirror like. Banjo clocks have glass light in the pendulum door which is often decorated with beautiful glass gilding. Cabinet makers can use glass gilding for glass panels in upper kitchen cabinets or bar remodels. Students will learn how to properly prepare the glass, apply gold leaf with the proper size and work on detailing of the design. This discipline is currently amongst the most popular gilding applications in the U.S. and Europe.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.